Do I have to stay with the Pacer for the entire race?

No. Run your own race and enjoy yourself. If you are feeling great and want to run faster, go for it. If it’s not turning out to be your day, slow down.  You can always drop back to the next Pace Group.  Just know that the Pacer will not speed up or slow down for the group, but will stick to the goal finish time.

Will there be walking breaks?

Your Pacer will maintain even splits right through the water stops, which may or may not be walking through.  If you trained with walk breaks then race day is NOT the time to change that plan.  Keep true to what worked for you during your training.  Use the Pacer as a guide and take your walking breaks just as you did in training, as you need them.  Since even splits are maintained throughout the race, you should be able to take walk breaks and still spend a majority of the race in the presence of your Pacer.

What will the Pacer do at the water stations?

Most Pacers will run through the water stations and maintain pace. Each Pacer will let the team know his/her strategy for getting through the water stations and getting back together as a group afterward.


Some Pacers, usually groups over 4:00 full marathon pace may choose to slow down or walk through the stops depending upon the group.  Be sure to check with your Pacer if this is extremely important to you.

Will the pace be consistent?

We will be running “even effort splits” This means that every mile will be run at approximately the same pace.  The first miles are always a bit slow, due to crowds.  Also, our event has hills and the Pacer may use their discretion in slightly adjusting the pace to account for that.  Our goal is to run continually even splits, and when course conditions prevent this, we will make up any lost time over the entirety of the race – not over one or two miles.


Our Pacers are very familiar with their pace and how to keep it consistent.  Combined they’ve run hundreds of marathons. The Pacers will use a GPS watch to help keep a consistent pace, this will help ensure you make your goal time.


Sometimes it is crowded at the start line and may take a couple of miles to settle into a steady pace. Most importantly our Pacers won’t take you out too fast and burn up all your energy early on!

What happens while we’re waiting to start?

Five or ten minutes before the start, your Pacer will give their “final instructions” which may include pace adjustments due to course congestion, hills, water stop strategy, how to keep the group together after a waterstop, etc.  This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions before the race starts.

Remember:  Your Pacer will have many runners in his/her group – it is important that YOU keep an eye on your Pacer, they will not be able to wait for you.

Can I get a Pace Band?

Pace Bands will be available to all participants in either half marathon event or the full marathon event whether you choose to run with a Pace Group or not. The Pace Band will note the split mile times so if you should lose the group for some reason (pit stop?) you can help yourself stay on pace. Pace Bands will be available at our Pace Team Booth at the Expo on Friday and Saturday only.

How do I find my Pacer on Race Day?

Pace Leaders will be assigned to the appropriate wave based on the pace and you will find them in the corral of your wave start.  They will be wearing designated pacer shirts and hats and will be carrying signs with their pace time on them.  Second Half Marathon Pacers will be easy to distinguish.    Try to find your Pacer in the corral 15 mins before your wave starts.  For Full Marathon, and 1st Half Marathon Pacers look for the signs that say Full or 1st Half on them.


1st and 2nd Half Marathon Pace Groups:

1:25, 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45


Full Marathon Pace Groups:

3:00, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10, 5:25

Do I need to sign up for a Pace Team?

You don’t need to sign up for a Pace Team.  The Pacer will be at their booth at the Marathon on Friday and Saturday July 25th and 26th.  Stop by and grab a pace band that will help you stay on track on race day.  Also, many of the pacers will be at the expo and you may have the opportunity to meet yours.

How are Pacers chosen?

Our Team is comprised of experienced distance runners, who love helping fellow runners realize and meet their race day time goals.  Many of our Pacers return year after year to help you enjoy the marathon experience, and help you achieve your goal.  Think of the as your coach for the day!

What is a Pace Group?

A Pace Group is a number of runners working together to achieve a shared time goal.

The group is lead by a Pacer who is experienced in running marathons and running with groups of people. Whether you are trying to set a PR, qualify for another race or just get across the finish line a Pacer led Group is the way to go!

Can I walk the San Francisco Marathon or Half Marathon course?

The Marathon is open to all types of athletes who can complete the Marathon course in under 6 hours or a 13:44 minute mile pace. The 1st Half Marathon is open to all types of athletes who can complete the 1st Half Marathon course in under a 3-hour or a 13:44 minute mile pace. The 2nd Half Marathon is open to all types of athletes who can complete the 2nd Half Marathon course in under a 3.5-hour or a 16:02 minute mile pace. All 2nd Half Marathon participants will start at 8:20 AM at Spreckel’s Lake in Golden Gate Park at on JFK at 36th Ave. Any walkers who are unable to complete the course in these times are encouraged to join our 5K Run/Walk.

I would like to volunteer. How can I do this?

The 2015 San Francisco Marathon has over a thousand volunteer positions with a variety of opportunities available for your group. Our volunteers represent the original hometown marathon, which showcases all of the best locations the city has to offer. Come be apart of the support system for your running community, and the out of towners who join us. Your time, energy and support are invaluable to all of us!

Have a group of 10 or more and want information on how to sign up to volunteer? Please contact us for more information and include your group name and size, and availability for Friday, July 24th, Saturday, July 25th, and Sunday, July 26th. Email: [email protected] If your group has already registered with us REGISTER HERE!

Is there a fee to ride the bus?

No. It is only for Half Marathoners – runners must show their bibs to board the buses. Spectators will not be allowed on the runner bus.

What time do shuttle buses operate?

Second Half Marathon buses will run from 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM. They leave from Mission and Steuart St. and arrive at the Second Half Marathon Start Line.
First Half Marathon buses will be running until 10:00 AM. They will take runners from their finish line in Golden Gate Park to Steuart St at Misssion.
Buses are One-Way and for runners with Half Marathon Bib Numbers only.

Are there shuttle buses?

Shuttle buses will be provided to or from Steuart St at Mission to your start location for the 2nd Half Marathon and from the finish location of the 1st Half Marathon. The ride is free and included in your race registration. Full Marathoners will not need the bus since the Start and Finish will be located in the same general location.

Where do I park for the event?

Parking will be limited due to the high number of registrants and the limited spaces available in San Francisco, so please try to carpool, have a friend/family member drop you off, or taxi in. More parking and transportation information.

Who are your event Sponsors?

You can view all sponsor information here

If I have feedback regarding the race, whom do I contact?

Please email us with any race feedback. We appreciate all comments and would love to hear what you did and didn’t enjoy, so that we can keep making our race more enjoyable for our runners.

Where can I find a course map?

View Course Info and Maps Page.

Where can I find photos of the race?

On our Photos Page.

Where can I find race results?

On our Results and Certificates Page.

Is there an age limit – young or old?

We do not have an official age limit. Please consult with your physician if you have any questions, despite your age, concerning your participation in The San Francisco Marathon®. If you are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign your waiver, and we would recommend you opt for the Half Marathon over the Full Marathon.

Will there be training runs?

Yes, we will have training runs in the Bay Area. View our training options.

I’m a first time marathoner. Is this marathon a good race for me?

Congratulations on running your first marathon! Every first time marathoner needs to dedicate training and research to understanding what it takes to run a marathon. For a first timer, it is important to discuss training with a professional or experienced marathoner. Every person is different, but with the right training and dedication you absolutely can accomplish a great finish at The San Francisco Marathon. We have hosted many first time marathoners and would love to show you how exciting a marathon can be!

What do I do if I injure myself on the course?

We provide medical assistance at each of our 12 water stations and if you determine that you cannot finish the race, SAG vehicles will be available at each water location for pick-up. Medical Aid is available at each water stop. Each participant is responsible for his or her own health insurance.

Can I use headphones?

We strongly encourage runner’s not to wear headphones during the race. This is not only due to runner safety on any race course, but also because we are on an urban course. It is important that runners are very aware of their surroundings and what is going on in case of emergency, and also to be aware of the traffic and your surroundings.

Is merchandise available online?

Yes. Please check out our online store here!

What can you tell me about the Race Shirt?

Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K participants will  receive a technical fabric long-sleeved shirt.
Shirts are gender-specific fit, so order your shirt true to size. You can also look at the Size Chart. 

What does the finisher’s medal look like and how big is it? Do all runners receive finisher’s medals?

All Full Marathon and Half Marathon runners will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal. The Full Marathon medal has won a ‘Best Schwag’ Award from Runner’s World. It is a 3.25” Coaster Medal. The Half Marathon medal is similar in style. Participants in the 5K will also receive a finisher’s medal, which is similar to the Half Marathon and Full Marathon medal.

Are wheelchairs allowed on the course?

Yes. Please note on your entry. The course in considered difficult with both significantly steep up and down hill portions. The course includes but is not limited to curbs, cobblestone, steel bridges and railroad tracks. We strongly suggest that you are an experienced wheelchair participant. Our wheelchair participants will be starting in the front of our last wave at 6:30 AM.

Are skates, strollers or bikes are allowed on the course?

Skates and bikes are prohibited on the course.

Jogging strollers are permitted on the 5K course only.

Are dogs allowed?

No. We ask that there are no dogs or any pets or animals on the course.

Are there relays teams?

We will not have a relay.

How far is a 5K?

3.1 miles

How far is a half marathon?

13.1 miles

How far is a full marathon?

26.2 miles

What kind of runners enter into this race?

The Full Marathon attracts runners of various levels. Over half of our full marathon field has finished a previous marathon, but for thousands of athletes, this is their first Full Marathon.
For those runners who love the scenic views of San Francisco, but are not ready for the Full Marathon, choose to run either the 1st Half Marathon or the 2nd Half Marathon.
In addition, this event attracts families and friends in the 5K Run/Walk.

What’s the homepage?

What other activities are planned for the Marathon Weekend?

We have a great line-up of Race Week Events this year. On Friday and Saturday we have all kinds of fun at the Expo. View the Race Week Schedule.

How many runners do you expect for this year?

We expect to sell out again this year with over 25,000 runners.

What is the Date of the Event?

Sunday, July 26, 2015.

What is the official name of the event?

The San Francisco Marathon

Where should I stay to be close to the Start/Finish Line?

The Start/Finish is located near Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building. The intersection is Mission at Embarcadero. Fisherman’s Wharf, SOMA, and Union Square are also short cab rides away. For Half Marathoners, there will be busing available to and from Justin Herman Plaza to and from your Start/Finish. Buses are only for Half Marathoners who have their bib number with them.

Are there a variety of hotels available at different prices?

Yes. More Hotel Information is available here.

Who is the host hotel and where are they located?

Our Host Hotel is the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero located at Market St and Steuart St. We also work with many other hotels within walking distance of the Start/Finish Line. More Hotel Information is available here.

My friend is running the Full/ Half Marathon. Is there an event I can participate in as well?

Yes. We offer a 5K for friends and family who don’t want to run a Half or Full Marathon, but would like to join in the festivities on race day.

Can my friends come to the weekend events?

Yes. We would love to have your friends and family join you in your experience. Be sure they note the cheering sections on our course map to find out where they can keep you motivated! Check out our Spectator Guide.

How do I get to the Runner Expo?

A Free Shuttle bus will run periodically from the Hyatt Embarcadero to the Race Expo on Friday and Saturday during the Race Expo hours. Shuttle space is available on a first come, first served basis. Please meet the bus on the Market Street Side of the Hyatt.

Ride MUNI – Plan your trip with The San Francisco Trip Planner – an easy to use site that allows you to put in your starting point and destination and then gives you the easiest option to arrive at your destination using public transportation.

There is limited parking, so if you must drive we recommend ride-sharing and reserving a parking space here.

What vendors are at the Expo?

Please check The Race Expo Page.

Can you mail me my packet?

No, we do not mail out packets, all participants must come to the Expo to pick up their packet.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

No, all participants must come to the Expo to pick up their packet.

What are the Expo Dates and Hours?

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12pm-7pm

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9am-5pm

Where do I pick up my bib number, t-shirt, goody bag, and timing chip?

Your bib number, timing chip, goody bag, and t-shirt will be located at our Expo located at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94123 Read all about the Expo here.

GU Energy Chomp Flavors: 

Strawberry and Watermelon

Will you have GU Energy Chews at any water stops?

Yes. We will have two GU Energy Chew stops on the course located at Water Stop 3 and between miles 19 and 20.

Will you have electrolyte at every water stop?

The San Francisco Marathon is excited to announce Nuun Hydration as one of our Official Suppliers for The 2014 San Francisco Marathon! Nuun will be providing delicious Tri-Berry and Lemon-Lime electrolyte at every water-stop along the course to help you get to the finish! 

Who is your gel sponsor?

GU Energy Labs is our Energy Chomp Sponsor.

Will there be a place to shower after the race?

Yes. Runners can shower at the local YMCA for $5 starting at 9am. The entrance is on Steuart St. near the Finish Line.

Is the course USA Track and Field Certified? If so, does the Boston Marathon consider this a qualifier for their race?

Yes. The course is USAT&F certified and as such a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Because we are a D-Tag timed race course, you can apply for Boston through their online registration system.

Where is the start and finish of the race? Is it a loop course?

The Full Marathon is a loop course. The Half Marathons are point to point. The Start/Finish for the Full Marathon is located at the Ferry Building at Justin Herman Plaza. The intersection is Market St. and Steuart St. The First Half’s Finish and the Second Half’s Start are both located in Golden Gate Park.

Is the course difficult?

One misconception about The San Francisco Marathon Course is that runners often think our course is extremely hilly. Surprising enough, we do have a lot of flat areas on our course. About half the course is flat, a quarter is uphill and a quarter is downhill. While the course may prove a challenge it is an experience worth achieving. 

The Full Marathon is a loop course, so you end up at equal elevation.  However, the Start Line elevation is 10 ft, the highest peak on the course is 330 ft, and the total amount of elevation is 880 ft. The 1st Half Marathon is a Start Line elevation is 10 ft, the highest peak on the course is 330 ft, and the total amount of elevation is 660 ft.  The 2nd Half Marathon is net downhill- starting at 130 ft, the highest peak is 320 ft, with total elevation at 259 ft.  The 2nd Half Marathon finish line is at 10 ft elevation, so it’s over 100 ft net downhill.  See The Full Marathon Elevation Profile here. See the 1st Half Marathon Elevation Profile Here. And see the 2nd Half Elevation Profile Here.

Where does the course take us? Why is this the best way to tour SF?

The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Starting at the world famous Ferry Building, racers head along the Embarcadero, with the beautiful San Francisco bay on their right. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina. Next runners head up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean. A tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Park follows, and after some turns and curves through the trees and around the lakes, runners empty out onto the historic and very colorful Haight street. The course takes some loops through the Mission, Potrero, and Mission Bay Districts, heads by numerous charming little parks, then heads up towards AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. And then it’s just a home stretch, under the fancy new Bay Bridge and back up to the Ferry Building.

Is there a time limit?

Yes, the course is only open to those with a sub 6-hour Marathon time and a sub 3-hour 1st Half Marathon time. The time limit on the 2nd Half is 3.5 hours.

Is the course closed to traffic?

The course is closed to traffic. While we make every effort to keep all traffic off the marathon course there will be traffic in neighboring lanes or crossing the course. Roads will remain closed for all marathoners with a sub 6-hour finishing time. You will be given 6-hours after the last runner has cleared the start line.

Which Half should I run?

The 1st Half Marathon – The 1st Half Marathon covers the first half of The San Francisco Marathon. The race starts on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, traversing San Francisco. The 1st Half Marathon runs through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, across the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and finishes in Golden Gate Park. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

The 2nd Half Marathon – The 2nd Half Marathon covers the second half of The San Francisco Marathon. The race starts at Spreckel’s Lake in Golden Gate Park and finishes on the Embarcadero alongside the Main Marathon Finish Line. It passes through Haight/Ashbury, the Mission District, into Mission Bay, and passes AT&T Park, finishing just before the Ferry Building alongside the Main Marathon Finish Line. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

What’s the total elevation gain?

The Full Marathon is a loop course, so you end up at equal elevation.  However, the Start Line elevation is 10 ft, the highest peak on the course is 330 ft, and the total amount of elevation is 880 ft. The 1st Half Marathon is a Start Line elevation is 10 ft, the highest peak on the course is 330 ft, and the total amount of elevation is 660 ft.  The 2nd Half Marathon is net downhill- starting at 130 ft, the highest peak is 320 ft, with total elevation at 259 ft.  The 2nd Half Marathon finish line is at 10 ft elevation, so it’s over 100 ft net downhill.  See The Full Marathon Elevation Profile here. See the 1st Half Marathon Elevation Profile Here. And see the 2nd Half Elevation Profile Here.

What would happen to the course if the US Department of Homeland Security issued a Code Orange alert?

In case of a Code Orange alert the Course would feature an out and back on the Great Highway instead of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Again this would only happen in case of a Code Orange alert.

Is there congestion on the course and Golden Gate Bridge?

We implement strict and dispersed wave starts, which allows for better flow and minimizes congestion on the course, especially in the earlier miles (including the Start Line and Golden Gate Bridge). Our Wave Starts provide our runners with the room to run from the Start of the race on. We also limit entry to runners who can complete the marathon course in 6 hours or less. Therefore, there is NO early start for the marathoners that need more than 6 hours to complete the course. A faster field reduces crowding at the Start, on the Golden Gate Bridge, and along narrow parts of the course.

Will the Golden Gate Bridge be a part of the course again?

Yes! We will be running over the Golden Gate Bridge. Runners will be doing an out and back on the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is only included in the Full Marathon and the 1st Half Marathon. It is NOT included in the 2nd Half Marathon or 5K. Check out our course map for more details.

Are the Full Marathon and Half Marathons located on the same course?

Yes, the 1st Half Marathon will be the first 13.1 miles of the Full Marathon and the 2nd Half Marathon will be the last 13.1 miles of the Full Marathon.

Will there be food at the finish line?

Yes, we will have a variety of food at the Finish Line available to all finishers.

Who manages the water stations?

Water stops are each managed by a volunteer group. Each volunteer captain is responsible for getting the volunteers to their station on time and making sure there is enough water and electrolyte set out for the runners. Each captain is equipped with the tools necessary including a training session before Race Day to make sure he or she understands the responsibilities associated with the water stop. Email us if you’d like to volunteer at a water station.

How many water stations, toilets aid stations etc. will you have?

There will be 12 Water/Toilet/Aid Stations along the course as well as the Start and Finish Lines.

What time will the roads close?

Our course has a rolling closure from 3 AM until 2 PM. Please check our traffic report for specific road closure times. However during the marathon, please expect traffic delays around course areas. View a full traffic report.

Where is a good place for my friends and family to cheer me on?

View our Spectator Information.

What is the percentage of asphalt versus concrete on your course?

Our course is about 97% asphalt. Concrete is located at Mile 2.2 (1/10 mile), Mile 18.7 (2/10 mile), Mile 19 (1/10 mile), and Mile 25.3 (1/4 mile). Grass/ Earth terrain can be used in portions of the course, including Golden Gate Park. Light rail lines and curbs are found along various sections of the course. Some small metal expansion joints may be uncovered along the bridge.

What time does the course close?

The course closes based on a 6-hour Full Marathon pace time (13-minutes and 44-seconds mile pace). The 6-hour time limit will begin after the last runner in the last wave has cleared the Start Line.

Can you explain the Estimated Finishing Time?

The estimated finishing time is the amount of time in hours and minutes that it will take for you to finish the course. It is NOT the time of day you expect to cross the Finish Line.

Because we are doing wave starts, we ask that you be as exact as possible to ensure you proper corral placement. Bib numbers and waves will be assigned in July via email. Runners may request a wave change at the Expo wave change table based on wave availability. Wave changes are not guaranteed and will be based on availability in the wave. Updates to your estimated finish time can be made until May 1st. Please [email protected] to update your EFT.

Why does the marathon have a 6-hour limit?
The 6-hour course time limit is beneficial to our runners. Since all of our runners must be off the Golden Gate Bridge by 8:30 AM, a faster field will enable the Bridge District to fully re-open on time. Given there are no viable alternative Bridges to the Golden Gate Bridge we must re-open the Running Lanes to traffic preventing significant traffic delays. The 6-hour time limit and wave starts allow for even runner flow and limited traffic delays on the Golden Gate Bridge. Our runner feedback has given us high marks for the course flow. 

The City of San Francisco requires that city streets and the Finish Line close after 6-hours.

What will my wave start time be?

Your specific start time is based on your estimated finishing time. Wave time information.

What is the start time? Will the marathon and half marathon start at the same time?

The Full Marathon and 1st Half Marathon will have wave starts between 5:30am – 6:35am. Start times will be strict this year to minimize congestion on the bridge and along the course. You will be assigned to a running corral based on your Estimated Finishing Time. The 2nd Half Marathon will start at 8:15 AM in Golden Gate Park. The 5K will start at 7:45 AM And the First Loop of the 52.4 Ultra Marathon will start at 12:00am and the Second loop will start with The Full Marathon and 1st Half Marathon wave starts between 5:30am – 6:35am.

I am a charity that is interested, what to I need to do to sign up? What’s required of me?

If you want to raise money for a charity that isn’t listed, please contact Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group Email: [email protected] Phone: 212.213.8079

What if the charity I want to raise money for isn’t listed?

If you want to raise money for a charity that isn’t listed, please contact Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group Email: [email protected] Phone: 212.213.8079

What is it going to cost me to run with a charity team?

Each charity establishes their own fundraising minimums. Please see the Charity Page for more details.

What Charities are involved in the Select Charity Program?

We are always updating and adding more charities. The great advantage of our program is that you get to choose which charity you want to run for. View all our current Select Charities.

What Charities are involved in the Official Charity Program?

We are always updating and adding more charities. The great advantage of our program is that you get to choose which charity you want to run for. View all our current Official Charities.

How can I run for an Select Charity?

The San Francisco Marathon events are a great way for nonprofits to raise much-needed funds.
If you are already registered for The San Francisco Marathon, and are looking to make your training and race day more meaningful, you can help raise much needed funds for our Select Charities (these Charities are San Francisco based Charities that The San Francisco Marathon Supports) by joining a Select Charity Team HERE!

How can I run for an Official Charity?

The San Francisco Marathon events are a great way for nonprofits to raise much-needed funds.
If you are already registered for The San Francisco Marathon, and are looking to make your training and race day more meaningful, you can help raise much needed funds for any nonprofit you choose by joining The San Francisco Marathon Crowdrise Page and start your fundraiser now or by joining a Charity Team HERE!

The San Francisco Marathon has a program which provides nonprofits with guaranteed entries, access to The San Francisco Marathon fundraising page, promotion of the program and more.
If you are a nonprofit interested in learning more about the program, please click here and complete the form and we will get right back to you.

For more information please contact Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group
Email: [email protected] Phone: 212.213.8079

When is the awards ceremony and where is it held?

To be announced closer to Race Day.

What are the awards, prize money and age group breakdown?

Please see our Awards Page for all details on divisions. Prizes will be updated as the event nears.

What should I do if I’m just a couple minutes off of an Elite Athlete Qualifying Time?

We recommend that athletes who want to compete with Elite Athletes but do not qualify to be an Invited Athlete apply for our Sub-Seeded Athlete Program.  Sub-Seeded Athletes receive discounted registration and preferred seeding at the Start Line on Race Day.  The Sub-Seeded division is limited to a few hundred runners, so we suggest that athletes apply early.

Will elite runners attend and run The 2014 San Francisco Marathon?

Yes! We already have some great elite runners registered and are expecting more to register before Race Day. If you are an elite runner, please follow our elite entry instructions to apply for Elite Bib Placement

What will my registration charge show up as on my credit card statement?

Your registration charge will show up from Race Central.

Is online registration secure?

Yes. We use the most secure online technology called Secure Socket Layers or SSL that encrypts your personal and credit card information while transferring it from your internet browser to the our servers. You will know that your information is secure when the web site address on the top of your screen starts with https:// instead of http://. You can also view the double security of the little yellow lock that will appear on your screen. To view our security certificate, right click on the page and view the properties or double click the yellow lock.

Can I register on the day of the event? 

If there is space available, you can register at the Expo. Expo dates are July 25th and July 26th, 2014. There is NO Race Day (July 27th, 2014) Registration for any events.

Can I transfer my registration to another runner?


What is the race refund policy if I cannot attend? 

We adhere to the standard road racing industry policy. All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is noted on our registration application, and when you register for any of our events you must agree to this policy. You may not give or sell your number to another individual – if you do this could result in your disqualification as well as the runner who uses your race number.

The entry fee for this year’s event will not transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are no exceptions. Any inquiry regarding this policy will be directed back to this page.

In the event you cannot run the 2014 race at all, please enclose a written request with your cancellation and include your name, gender, address, and phone number. By canceling your registration you won’t receive a refund, but we will send you the race shirt after the race. Medals are not sent to those who do not actually complete the course. We do not accept emailed cancellations. We must receive your written cancellation by July 1st. If your written cancellation is received after that date, we will not be able to process it. Please mail cancellations to:

The San Francisco Marathon
Attn: Cancellation Request
P.O. BOX 77148
San Francisco, CA 94107

Can I switch my shirt size or update my runner account?

We will accept shirt change requests until May 1st, 2014. You must notify us via email to switch your shirt size. After May 1st you will need to pick up your assigned t-shirt size at packet pick-up and exchange it at the Finish Line on Race Day.

If I register for an event, can I later switch to another? 

Runners may request an event change based on the event availability. There will be a $10.00 event change fee for all event changes, plus the difference in events. No refunds will be given for downgrading your event. All event changes must be submitted via email, and will only be accepted until May 1st, or until events sell out. To make updates to your registration or change your event email [email protected]

Can I register for a friend? 

You must be a designated third party representative to register for someone else. By signing the waiver on behalf of another person, you are attesting to the fact that you are a designated third party.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

If someone else picks up your race packet for you, they MUST have a copy of your Photo ID, bib confirmation email and bib number.

Do you give out my email address?

No. Your email is kept confidential. We use only secure online registration sites and will not sell your email to any other organization.

What do our fees include? 

See our individual event pages to see what each event has to offer.

Full Marathon
1st Half Marathon
2nd Half Marathon

When do the registration fees increase?

Registration fees may increase at any given time. Please check the website often for updated registration fee information. Sign up early and save!

What are the different fees?

Please refer to the chart on our registration page to view the current registration fees for each event.

What do I do if I cannot find my registration? 

Email us at [email protected] Please use the subject line, “Registration.” Be sure to include your first and last name as well as your current email address.

How do I confirm my registration?

Check if you are registered for a 2014 Event HERE

Is registration open to runners of all abilities?

The San Francisco Marathon has a 6-hour time limit on the Full Marathon, a 3-hour time limit on the 1st Half Marathon, and a 3.5-hour time limit on the 2nd Half Marathon.

When will registration be open? How can people register?

Official Online Public Registration opened on December 1st, 2013. Runners can register HERE.

Are The San Francisco Marathon Events capped?


When and where is The 2014 San Francisco Marathon Expo?

The 2014 San Francisco Marathon Expo is Friday, July 25th 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday, July 26th 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

What happens if I become injured after I enter and cannot participate?

There are no medical comps, rollovers or refunds, nor can you transfer your registration to another person.

How long is the 52.4 Ultra Marathon?

52.4 Miles

How long is a 5K?

3.1 Miles

How long is a half marathon?

13.1 Miles

How long is a marathon?

26.2 Miles

What is the date for The 2014 San Francisco Marathon?

July 27th, 2014